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Olive Oil Museum

The oil press from rural craftsmanship to the dawn of the industrial technology: this is the main theme of the MUSEUM OF OLIVE OIL established by Umberto Turri in the spring of 1988. The company business, not to speak of the first initiative of its kind in Italy, receives an average of 50.000 visitors per year. It's an exhibition, unique in its kind, that wants to provide an account of a production system that has involved the rural population for over a millennium. It is also the history of an environment devoid of equipment and scientific knowledge, that was measured for centuries by the urgent need to extract a food of primary importance from its precious fruit.

The journey winds around the reality of a static and unchanging technology to reach, at the beginning of the 20th Century, the acquisition of the opportunities provided by the rising of the mechanical industry. Antique and rare instruments used in oil mills from 18th Century up until the beginning of the 20th Century are exhibited, as well as accessories and equipment used in the various eras. An imposing lever press made from oak wood, a water driven wheel mill (perfectly functioning) and other original examples of wooden and iron presses stands out amongst the rest. A special section tells the tale of the cultivation of the olives and the production of the oil by means of educational panels and videos. The Museum of Olive Oil, has also aroused interested from the mass media: numerous articles and television reports have made the museum well known also in Europe.

Flavio Turri and his wife Liliana Martino are responsible for the development of the museum activities, and they have inherited the passion from Umberto further extending the expositive rooms.


General Info

Type of museum: private business
Year of opening : 1988
Average annual visitors: 50.000
Museum managers: Martino Liliana, Turri Flavio
Visits: Visits for individuals are free and are not accompanied by our guides; group visits are payable.
Video guide: Available in Italian, German, English, French and Dutch. 
Address: Oil Museum – Via Peschiera 54 37011  Cisano di Bardolino VR ITALY
Tel 045 6229047 Fax 045 6229024 mail: [email protected]  Web Site www.museum.it
Group visits: Written booking is required subject to agreement by phone to check availability. For prices and visiting procedures please contact us via email at: [email protected] or by phone on +39 045 6229047.
Access for disabled persons 50% of the museum structure is accessible to the disabled, including the screening room.

Duration of the visit: Approximately one hour including the video screen show

Opening hours for the Museum and Outlet

Weekdays: 9.00 - 12.30 / 14.30 - 19.00
Sundays: 9.00 - 12.30
Complete closure on the following days:
Sundays in January and February, Easter Sunday, 15th August, 25th, 26th and 31st December, 1st-6th January and from the 15th to the 31st January.


Where to find the Museum

The museum and outlet are situated adjacent to our offices at Cisano di Bardolino, on the Garda highway (gardesana) in an easily recognisable position, a few kilometres from the Brennero motorway (Affi exit) and from the Milan-Venice motorway (Peschiera del Garda exit).
During the months of outstanding tourist flow the recommended motorway exit is: Affi or Verona nord.